The first exhibition in the Centre of Gender Culture which is entitled “The Invisible Battalion” was opened on the eve of the Defender of Ukraine Day.
Photos and footage from a variety of sources and projects, dedicated to “Woman and War” theme, are displayed at the exposition. The event pays respect to women who have been defending their country and sacrificing their lives for it.
In spite of the fact the Defender Day is perceived by some as an all-male holiday, the museum urges the Ukrainians to recall there are many female warriors among Ukrainian fighters.
According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, more than 24,000 women currently serve in the military service, including 3,000 officers. In addition, 31,000 women are Armed Forces’ employees and civil servants. Altogether, women in the Ukrainian army account for 22.4 percent of the total personnel.
During the event’s opening, Gender Museum’s director Tetiana Isaieva presented the exhibition and emphasized the importance of highlighting the role of women in today’s Ukrainian army.
The eponymous film “Invisible Battalion,” the first Ukrainian movie about war and women in war, filmed by women, was shown at the exhibition. A discussion after the film screening ended the event.
According to many visitors, the exposition dramatically changes the perception of the true meaning of the war and of those heroes and heroines who defend Ukraine.
The exhibition will continue until the end of November and is constantly enhanced with new items.
The project is supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Gender Museum